7/10 - Good follow up, not great though,
This review is from: Flyte: Septimus Heap Book 2 (Kindle Edition)
The 2nd outing in the Septimus Heap series and it continues a year after the first book following both Septimus and Jenna. It was an enjoyable read without ever really getting to the stage of being hard to put down. It never got into top gear and the plot meandered a little too much for my liking which kept the overall rating down.
There are plenty of enjoyable things going on in this book, the most enjoyable of which was Simon kidnapping Jenna and then the escape that ensues, and the world that Angie Sage has created and the glimpses of the magic system that have been on show provide plenty of positives. The characters are likeable and there are plenty of different strands of story to keep the reader's attention. This is also a negative though as there doesn't feel like there is a main plot on which to concentrate and rather just a number of short stories that are interlinked into the world.
It is quite easy to compare this to Harry Potter with the underage wizard learning magic in a castle and trying to save friends and family from an evil plotter. Unlike Harry Potter though the story doesn't flow and feel like there is a main plot line and focus for the story to develop. I also think that perhaps the time taken for me to read the 1st book, Magyk, and this one made me forget a number of things and characters which didn't help me. Little things I had completely forgotten popped up and it took me a couple of pages for some sort of recognition to pop into my head.
I will read the next in the series and hopefully the series will hit its stride and provide more insight into the magic of the world and also have a more central focus. Whilst not the best Young Adult books around there is plenty to work with.
If you like this, try: "The Spooks Apprentice" - Joseph Delaney, The Wardstone Chronicles.